Why are State Attorneys General putting up with school walkouts to promote gun control when the walkouts violate state laws against disrupting public schools?
Indivisible.org is at it again, openly organizing more than 2,300 school walkouts on April 19 and April 20 to call for a “nationwide protest of our leaders’ failure to pass laws that protect us from gun violence,” urging more nationwide gun control laws in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. massacre in February.
The purpose of the protest is purely about electoral politics, with the organizers saying, “if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people will show them the consequences of letting so many Americans die by voting them out in November.”
Republicans have majorities in both the House and Senate, and “vote them out” appears to be specifically directed at them. But even if you wanted to say it wasn’t purely partisan, it is still is certainly about organizing voters towards a political objective. The real question is why are these political protests occurring during school hours? Why can’t they happen after school or over the weekends when they won’t be so disruptive? How many walkouts are they planning this year? Isn’t this disrupting academic studies? And why are State Attorneys General putting up with it?..MORE
Pruitt is hitting the brakes on Obama's failed fuel economy standards
On Monday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his plans to scrap Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and trucks, which require automobile manufacturers maintain a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. This bold move by Pruitt will result in more affordable vehicles and additional cash in the pockets of families across the country.
Mandates under the previous administration were negotiated when the economy was depressed and retail gas prices approached $4 per gallon. Proponents of tougher fuel economy standards used these circumstances to argue for ever-more fuel-efficient cars. But now, with crude oil priced at about $60 per barrel, the supposed significant savings of owning electric cars have diminished.
Even if gas prices were still elevated, electric cars’ upfront and maintenance costs would consume any savings gained from those cars’ increased fuel efficiency compared to similarly sized gas-fueled vehicles. For example, a new model Nissan Leaf, which is currently the best-selling electric car, has a sticker price about $11,000 higher than a comparable gas-fueled 2018 Mazda 3. The estimated annual fuel cost of the Leaf is $600 compared to $1,300 for the Mazda. It would take at least 15 years in fuel savings to offset the Leaf’s going price....MORE